Baseball: Harvard-Westlake finishes in first place
Since the opening week of the Mission League, Studio City Harvard-Westlake has been trying to play catchup after early stumbles.
In the final regular-season game on Friday night, the Wolverines (23-4, 9-3) came through with a 14-0 victory over St. Francis to earn a share of the league championship with Loyola and gain the No. 1 seed via a coin flip. It's the third consecutive year the Wolverines have won or shared the Mission League title.
Harvard-Westlake's main challenge has been trying to win with a No. 2 pitcher after ace Jack Flaherty usually dominates early in the week.
Conor Cuse got the call on Friday. He allowed one hit and struck out seven in five shutout innings. Arden Pabst and Joe Corrigan had two-run singles. Daniel Davila had two hits.
Harvard-Westlake is expected to be one of the top four seeds when the Southern Section pairings are released on Monday afternoon.-- Eric Sondheimer